Velma May Ceasar was born on March 28, 1936, in Deer Park, the first child of Benjamin and Ida Mae Ceasar. Velma grew up in Brownâ€™s Addition in Spokane and attended Spokane Christian schools.
She graduated from Northwest Christian High School in 1955. Velma worked with her father in the family accounting business and later worked as a bookkeeper in Santa Monica, Calif.
Velma devoted herself to caring for her mother whose health was always precarious. Health reasons prompted the move to Santa Monica, where Velma lived until her motherâ€™s death. She returned to Deer Park in the early-1990s.
Velma was an active member of the Open Door Congregational United Church of Christ in Deer Park. She established the â€śHappy Tuesdayâ€ť womenâ€™s needlework group.
She is survived by a sister, Norma Melone, a resident at Royal Park Care Center; and a brother, Derrick Ackerman of Mercer Island.
Just last summer Velma moved to Merrill Gardens Assisted Living. She was in the process of moving to Maplewood Gardens when the COPD that had plagued her for so long flared. After a brief hospital stay, she was recuperating at Royal Park. There she suffered the heart attack that would end her life a week later.
Velma died at Holy Family Hospital early on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. She was 76 years old.
A memorial service will be held at one oâ€™clock on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Open Door Congregational United Church of Christ in Deer Park.